What is your educational background? I had the privilege of studying medicine in Dublin, Ireland. I received my MB, BCH, BAO from the Royal College of Surgeons after completing the 6 year undergraduate program.
What is your hometown? I was born in Benoni, South Africa. Growing up we moved around a lot and I lived in Australia, back in South Africa, and then Saskatchewan. My family eventually settled in Maple, Ontario.
Research/Academic Interests? I am still discovering what my particular interests in research are. I previously did research in postpartum depression which I really enjoyed. I also did research in ASD. I would love to explore cross-cultural psychiatry.
Hobbies? I love travelling, trying new foods and restaurants, writing poetry/spoken word, listening to music and yoga. I am hoping to learn how to salsa this year.
What is your greatest accomplishment? Graduating from medical school!
What would you like to tell prospective applicants to our program? It can be really hard choosing a program, but go with your gut. From the moment I went to the CaRMS Social, I knew the program was for me. I felt at ease and comfortable. Everyone in the program, from the staff to your co-residents are so approachable and welcoming. As an R1 sometimes things can feel overwhelming but knowing you have a close knit community who genuinely care is great! A positive aspect of being in a smaller program is it allows you to personalize your learning experience in a way that would not be possible anywhere else.
If you weren’t a psychiatry resident, what would you be? I would be a writer or a poet.
What is your favourite sound? The sound of the ocean or the rain.
What is your most treasured possession? The first book I ever got from my father, which was his copy of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
Which superpower would you like? The ability to read people’s minds.
What’s your motto? “If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” ― Michael Jackson